The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) subsidizes health insurance for children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. Since 1997, CHIP provides federal matching funds to states to provide this coverage, which is why some refer to the program as SCHIP to recognize the states’ role.
Yesterday, Comcast’s David Cohen made the case for his company’s deal with Time Warner Cable before the Senate Judiciary Committee. While the legislators’ questions were rightfully centered on consumers, countless questions on rising prices detracted from a more robust exploration of the dynamism in broadband.
Though the open enrollment period for the health insurance exchanges has come to a close, the total number of newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries is still climbing for 2014. Many questions have been raised regarding the number of newly enrolled individuals as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for H-1B visas - available for high skilled immigrant workers -for 2015 yesterday.
This year in state houses across the country Medicaid expansion discussions will once again take center stage, and the administration will be ramping up pressure on governors and legislatures to expand the safety net program to cover those with household incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).
A key selling point of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the notion that increased rates of insurance would reduce Emergency Room (ER) crowding.
A recent Commonwealth Fund study analyzed the impact of the optional Medicaid expansion — in which a state could increase Medicaid eligibility to all state residents under 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) — on overall federal transfers to the states. The report concludes that expanding Medicaid is a net positive for all states. At the heart of the conclusion is the argument that the states’ budgetary contribution, which will eventually hit 10 percent of the costs for the newly eligible, is a “cheap” way to improve the state budget.
Presumptive eligibility is a rarely discussed provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is likely to result in wasteful Medicaid spending, placing an increased financial burden upon states.
The most common criticism of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion is that it will cost the federal government, states, and taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming years. A study released this week by professors from the University of Michigan posits that expansion of the program may actually result in lower than expected costs, thanks to an increase in younger, healthier enrollees. However, the lifestyle choices of these young, newly eligible beneficiaries may, in fact, have the opposite effect on program expenditures long term.